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Section 23: Information Supplied by, or Related to, Bodies Dealing with Security Matters

Section 23 applies to two categories of information:

  1. information supplied directly or indirectly by the Security Bodies that are listed in section 23(3) (this includes the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service and GCHQ). Whether this aspect of section 23 applies in a particular case will turn on the source of the information; and
  2. information that relates to one of the Security Bodies. The application of this part of section 23 will turn on the content of the information.

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